5 stars of the Games

As the Commonwealth Games draw to a close, we take a look at five of Birmingham 2022’s biggest stars.

Emma McKeon

McKeon collected six gold, a silver and a bronze in the pool en route to breaking the record for most Commonwealth Games medals.

Victory in the women’s 50m freestyle and butterfly were the undoubted highlights for the 28-year-old from Wollongong, who has now won 20 Commonwealth medals in three Games, including 14 golds.

Jake Jarman

Jarman became the first English athlete to win four gold medals at the same Games since shooter Mick Gault in 1998.

Jarman, a 20-year-old competing in his first major multi-sport event, was a gymnastics revelation, reaching the podium in floor apparatus, individual and team all-around and vault.

Joe Fraser, who himself won three gold medals despite a broken foot, described his teammate as a “child prodigy”.

Elaine Thompson-Herah

As Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce skipped Birmingham 2022, fellow Jamaican Thompson-Herah took center stage, supporting her women’s 100m and 200m gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics this year. last with another sprint double.

Thompson-Herah had arrived in the Midlands after a modest performance at last month’s World Championships in Eugene, winning only bronze in the 100m, but she set a new Games record in the 200m on Saturday night.

Aaron’s Gate

The first New Zealand athlete to win four gold medals at a single Commonwealth Games, Gate was the undisputed kingpin on the road and on the track.

He and his fellow Kiwis started by beating England in the men’s team pursuit while Gate also pulled away from Lee Valley VeloPark with the honors in the individual pursuit and points race.

If that wasn’t enough, Gate then triumphed in the men’s road race.

Madison de Rozario

De Rozario appeared to claim victory in the T53/54 marathon, defending the gold she won on the Gold Coast four years ago in a Games record of an hour and 56 minutes flat, although she later admitted that she “hit a wall” two-thirds of the way through.

Days later, De Rozario was back to defend her 1500m title, which she duly did for her fourth Commonwealth gold medal, the most of any Australian para-athlete.

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